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The Women's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts: A Leaner, Sexier, Healthier You--In 15 Minutes a Day! Paperback – October 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609617371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609617370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SELENE YEAGER is a top-selling author, certified personal trainer, and all-American Ironman triathlete. She lives in Lehigh Valley, PA.

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SELENE YEAGER is a top-selling author and professional health and fitness writer who lives what she writes as a certified personal trainer, professional mountain bike racer, and triathlete. She has authored, co-authored, and contributed to more than two dozen books. She is a frequent contributor to Runner's World, Women's Health, and Shape magazines and dishes out training advice monthly as Bicycling magazine's "FitChick." She lives in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

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I really like the ideas in this book.
Amazon Kathy
Even breaks them down by type of workout and muscle groups.
Jmom1903
Picture are very informative and easy to understand.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 4, 2011
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I've had mixed reactions to Selene Yeager's books before (some I like, some are just okay). This one is just okay. Yes, there's a lot of variety, and they're definitely 15 minutes, but there's a few things I wasn't as crazy about...

1. Most (not all, but nearly all) use at least 2 pieces of equipment and often 3: dumbbells, a step, a bench, a stability ball, a pull-up bar (have one of those handy?), a resistance band, a kettlebell, a medicine ball, a foam roller, a BOSU, and and for one medicine ball workout: a partner! I'd have liked it better if there were more workouts using just one piece of equipment for the entire 15 minutes - particularly since these are circuit workouts.

2. Names of routines were too cute by half, such as "Mood Lifting" and "Cowgirl." When I'm flipping through the book, I'd rather not have to use some of that 15 minutes to decipher what body parts a routine actually works. It seems they could have been categorized in way that could be accessed faster.

3. Circuits, circuits, and more circuits, and "15 minutes" is more a matter of approach. You get to 15 minutes by running through most of these routines 3 to 4 times. So I'm guessing that if I leave out a circuit, it's 10 minutes and if I add one it's 20. In that case, these aren't *necessarily* 15 minutes, depending on whether you complete the number of circuits as prescribed.

(NOTE: I would NOT recommend performing the classic kettlebell 'halo' as it's shown in this book! You could seriously strain your lower back.)

Generally, it's no worse than any other workout book, but it's not among my favorites. There's variety and most routines can be adapted to be more challenging. However, I can't past the fact that I really liked the The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell, and it's too bad more of those moves (and a little less equipment) didn't show up in this book. I think this would've been a better book.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Peter Tsang TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 28, 2011
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This big book shows dozens of quick workouts. Many of the workouts are basically about 15 minutes of circuit training. These exercises are designed to get a lean, fit and toned body as pictured by the lady on the cover, as opposed to buiding up.

Here's how the workouts go. In general, a few specific exercises are performed intensely and then repeated in a cycle or circuit. The key to getting the workout down to 15 minutes is that there is minimal rest between the exercises. The rest between the circuits is minimal too.

In terms of layout, color photos are large and clear, illustrating the exercises well.

I liked the range of workouts, including bodyweight exercises with no equipment required. Some workouts use dumbbells. If you are at a gym or have workout equipment, you may make use of the workouts that use a barbell, a step, a large (Swiss) ball, a medicine ball, tubing, a bench and a few other tools.

There are 77 workouts.
(71) 15-minute workouts
(2) 1-minute workouts
(1) 4-minute workout
(3) 5-minute workouts

Here is a list of some of the 15-minute workouts. Exercises are listed for a few workouts.

High school reunion workout 1: Here are the exercises for this workout.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Young on December 28, 2011
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This book is a great resource for quick and easy workouts when you just can't get to the gym. The only real negative is that you have to own about $500 in home gym equipment to do the workouts (i.e. Bosu, step, yoga ball, mat, kettle bells...etc) for this reason I wouldn't recommend the book for someone new to working out. Also it does require some knowledge of proper form (although the book does describe how each exercise should be done properly). All in all for me and my fitness level it was an excellent find.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Spencer-Hill on August 31, 2012
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The content of this book is great. I wish it offered a slightly more creative selection of exercises; I had already seen a lot of the exercises illustrated, but there were still some new ones that I have been able to throw into my routines to mix things up so I can't complain too much. Also, I was pretty dubious about the possible effectiveness of a 15 minute workout, but the book has some pretty convincing study based arguments to explain it's reasoning, and of course they are not advocating limitting your physical activity to 15 minutes if you have more time on your hands. I myself have not experienced shocking results, but I have certainly worn myself out and been solidly sore the next day using the proposed methods, which seems good to me. Admittedly, I am not in great shape, but I'm not in terrible shape either. If you are short on time, but want to get more exercise, this is a useful book.

However, I feel like this would have been better in standard book form. It's not that the kindle layout is bad, but aside from the first couple of chapters, this is not really a book that one is likely to read from cover to cover in consecutive order, and like any book that one might want to flip through, it gets kind of annoying to navegate back and forth through it in electronic form. I do appreciate that it's available in electronic form because my current location would make it difficult to obtain if that were not the case, but if you are within easy shipping distance, I'd reccomend getting a physical copy. I feel it would be put to best use on the coffee table where you can flip through it and become inspired over and over, rather than having it in a list of titles on an easily burried kindle.
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